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How to Choose a Ceiling Lift

5 Tips for Choosing a Home Patient or Ceiling Lift

Length of Time of Use

Ceiling Lift Monarch | Silver CrossOften times, a patient lift is needed on a temporary or short-term basis to aid in the recovery period or in a transition period of a person’s care strategy. A portable lift can be a good solution in this situations. You may be able to rent the lifting system and purchase the sling.

Healthcare Advice

Before you purchase a lift, get the right healthcare advice on the best system for the patient. It will be important to consider the current and future condition of the user in your selection of the best lift. An occupational or physical therapist or family physician can all be good resources for narrowing down your selection to the right lift for your needs.


If you want to be able to use the lift in different rooms, or even take it with you to use in a different home, you will want to select a portable unit. A great portable lift will weigh less than 10 lb. and will come with a handy carrying case.

Your Ceiling

A true ceiling lift is installed on the ceiling. If your ceiling is not up the task—for example, you live in a rental in which you cannot install the track, or the ceiling is not strong enough to do so, you will need to use a portable lift instead. An installed ceiling track may even require a building permit, but a qualified dealer will know whether or not this is required.

Space Considerations

A wheeled patient lift requires significant space to maneuver. Check the measurements of the lift to make sure you can move it where it needs to go. A portable lift requires space for the overhead stand. An installed ceiling track takes up the least amount of space.